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  • Redefining AI: Turning Analytic Insights into Actionable Intelligence

    Transition from Reactive to Predictive Data analytics is a critical enabler of digital transformation, making it possible for numerous industries—power generation among them—to shift how they operate and become more efficient and agile and, consequently, more competitive. Advanced analytics can transition power producers from a reactive operations and maintenance approach to a predictive or prognostic strategy. This…
  • Ovation Users’ Conference – It’s a Pleasure to be of Service

    In an Ovation Users’ Conference panel discussion between Glenn Heinl , vice president of Lifecycle Services; Mike Brown , manager of lifecycle proposals; Jaime Foose , director of security solutions and lifecycle shared services; and Hugo Ibarra , manager of west regional projects, participants looked at how the power and water industries  are changing to sustain the infrastructure of the globe, and at the upcoming technologies…
  • Ovation Users’ Conference – How Collaboration Leads to Success

    If there has been one constant topic of the 2021 Ovation Users’ Conference, it has been that change is everywhere, and the message from Monil Malhotra , vice president of North America projects and sales and Steve Graf , director of North America sales was no exception. Change is particularly striking in power because it has been a slow and stable industry for so long. Monil explained that change in the power industry…
  • Ovation Users’ Group – Balancing Change

    Emerson’s 2021 virtual Ovation Users’ Group Conference opened with Bob Yeager , president of power & water solutions, and Rick Kephart , vice president of technology, sharing a glimpse into the expanding needs of the changing power and water industries. Bob and Rick shared that modern automation systems are about more than just control. Today’s providers are looking for holistic software and technology that form a comprehensive…
  • Case Study: Modernization of Black Start Power Unit Drastically Increases Reliability

    Scientists have warned for decades that climate change can trigger more frequent and intense weather-related events, such as heatwaves and hurricanes which could cause disruptions to power generation and supply. One major U.S. utility digitally transformed a designated black start gas turbine generator to ensure reliable restoration of their electric system in the event of a widespread outage or full loss of power. …
  • Analyzing Combustion – Looking for Leftover Oxygen

    In an automation.com article, Emerson’s Jesse Sumstad and Neil Widmer explain how accurate measurement of excess oxygen in flue gas can be used to improve combustion control. These days, industrial facilities operating combustion processes face multiple concerns, including: Burner efficiency Fuel costs Emission restrictions Public perception of a company’s carbon footprint and overall environmental responsibility…
  • Global Low-Carbon Electrification-Putting Smart Manufacturing Principles into Action

    The obstacles to the adoption of renewable energy have been decreasing in the last decade. Regulations and subsidies that stimulate their application, the reduction of costs and the commitment of countries to combat climate change, are just some of the factors that have contributed to both companies and the general public wanting to focus on the decarbonization of energy production. Such is the case of electricity generation…
  • Deliver better control, reliability, and safety in today’s demanding steam operations with Rosemount 8800 MultiVariable Vortex Flow Meter

    Vortex flow measurement is uniquely adaptive when it comes to handling difficult applications. By virtue of its science, utilizing the von Kármán effect, these instruments are accurate across a wide operating range and effective at withstanding high process pressures and temperatures. In this post, we’re highlighting the latest in our 8800 Flow Meter product portfolio – the MultiVariable Vortex Flow Meter. Designed with…
  • Utilities Find Small Digital Transformation Steps Lead to Big Returns

    Digital transformation. It’s a buzzword we often hear but may not fully understand. Despite much interest in this concept, many questions remain around exactly what it is, what it means and, perhaps most importantly, where do you start? “The biggest misconception about digital transformation is that it is an all-or-nothing proposition,” says Mark Hachenski , director of digital solutions for the power and water industries…
  • Innovative Emerson Technology Helps CVA Improve Management of Hydroelectric Plants

    Emerson control technology offers significant benefits to renewable energy manufacturers. At Emerson Users Exchange Live 2021 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) , Manuel Bonjean, manager of operations/electromechanical engineering at CVA, an Italian renewable energy company, presented a case study session on anticipating the future of energy through innovation that described how Emerson technology saved CVA more than…
  • Implementing Strong Cybersecurity Best Practices Reduces Cyber Risks

    The importance of cybersecurity has escalated in response to remote work brought on by the global pandemic. Increased connectivity requires organizations to digitally transform operations to support a more sustainable, safer and healthier future. The recent intrusion at the City of Oldsmar water treatment system in Florida underscores the importance of having a strong cybersecurity posture. Periodic reviews of cyber…
  • Strategies for Remote Power Plant Operations

    In an Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series industry forum, Power: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Utility, Emerson’s Brett Benson and James Nyenhuis joined two professionals in the electric power industry to discuss how the power industry is: …looking to new digital technologies to improve reliability, reduce costs, and increase operational flexibility of their plants and fleets. One method utilities are exploring is…
  • Ovation Digital Twin Technology

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Shen Zhang and James Thompson shared an update on Ovation Digital Twin technology . Here is their presentation abstract: This session will provide an introduction to Ovation embedded simulation then step through what’s needed to develop a plant-specific simulator. An overview of new advanced models and simulation tools will also be provided. James opened describing…
  • Latest Ovation Release Improves Performance, Simplifies Troubleshooting and Provides Added Protections

    Emerson’s industry-leading Ovation platform integrates digitally transformative software and technologies into a unified system that helps customers tackle their toughest challenges. Rick Kephart , Emerson’s vice president of technology for the power and water industries, describes how we continue to evolve the Ovation platform by developing and delivering the automation scalability and flexibility sought by our customers…
  • Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts

    Visit our podcast subscription page to subscribe with your favorite podcast player. The post Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts appeared first on the Emerson Automation Experts blog.
  • Modern, Digital Technologies are Critical to Reliable, Clean Water

    A key topic on the mind of attendees at Emerson’s 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference water/wastewater industry panel was how technology can help with the influx of new challenges facing water management plants. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a glimpse of the many challenges organizations must overcome as they continue to reliably provide clean water no matter what is happening in the world. Using technology…
  • Focus on Reliability and Performance to Drive Competitive Advantage

    A common power industry theme at the 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference has been the many challenges organizations experience in a shifting environment. The need for maintaining reliability and compliance and avoiding obsolescence remain, yet organizations also face new complexity. Power generators are juggling an additional set of requirements associated with high utilization, daily cycling operation, and the need…
  • Ovation Users’ Group – Pandemic Challenges and Shift Toward Renewables Drives Digitalized Control and Centralization

    The challenges associated with a shift toward renewables and maintaining business continuity during a global pandemic have resulted in new opportunities that have been a constant topic among attendees at Emerson’s 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference . Customers are meeting these challenges with bold ideas and expansive projects focused on digital technologies, centralized operations, secure connectivity, and better visibility…
  • Emerson and MHPS Collaboration Pushes Toward Cleaner, Renewable Energy Future

    Power companies across North America are transitioning to more renewable fuel sources, and they require new digital technologies, software, and services to help them drive operational excellence across the enterprise. Emerson and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS) have joined forces to meet this need with digital transformation solutions that enable better operational performance for utilities and provide…
  • Ovation Users’ Group – Cybersecurity, Customer Service and Flexible Deployment Strategies Drive Improved Operations and Performance

    Day two of the Ovation Users’ Group Conference saw speakers focusing on the importance of cybersecurity in driving better operations across the power and water industries. Hyperconnectivity challenges cybersecurity Many organizations already maintain protection and prevention but haven’t focused on detection, which is critical to keeping protection up to date. Robert Lee , chief executive officer of Dragos shared…
  • Ovation Users’ Group – Creating Opportunities Through Digital Transformation

    Emerson’s 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference opened with Bob Yeager , president of power & water solutions, providing an update on the power and water landscape in our rapidly changing world. Bob opened with a look at how interaction and routines have drastically shifted in ways beyond our control, both in life and in business. One of the primary ways this change has manifested has been through a shift toward digital…
  • Sensors and Analytics for Reliable and Efficient Electrical Generation

    Brian Joe Juan Panama The reliable and resilient flow of electrical energy to our homes and businesses is the goal of every power producer. What are some ways that advancing technology is helping these producers achieve these goals? In a Power magazine article, New Monitoring and Analytics Tools Improve Plant Performance , Emerson’s Brian Joe and Juan Panama describe how Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies…
  • Automating Power Generation Startup Sequences

    Doug Morris Plant staff at electrical power generating facilities are having to change the way they operate given the increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy being added to the grid. More startup and shutdown cycles are being required to manage the constantly shifting energy supply to the grid. In a Power magazine article, Automated Plant Startups Reduce Fixed and Fuel-Related Costs , Emerson’s Doug Morris…
  • Automating Power Generation Startup Sequences

    Doug Morris Plant staff at electrical power generating facilities are having to change the way they operate given the increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy being added to the grid. More startup and shutdown cycles are being required to manage the constantly shifting energy supply to the grid. In a Power magazine article, Automated Plant Startups Reduce Fixed and Fuel-Related Costs , Emerson’s Doug Morris…
  • Ovation Intelligence Framework

    Alvin Faustino Azime Can-Cimino Emerson’s Alvin Faustino and Azime Can-Cimino discussed plant prognostics with the Ovation Intelligence Framework at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. Here’s a visual of the framework: Azime opened explaining that prognostic maintenance requires starting with data—sensor data and generated data. This data is pre-processed and used to develop a detection or prediction mode…